(WSCR) It’s no secret the replacement referees employed by the NFL have not been met kindly thus far.
As the NFL and then NFL Referees Association continue to fumble in agreeing on a new contract, it appears those replacement referees may have to officiate Week 1 of the regular season.
ESPN reports: “At a time when players are openly criticizing replacement officials and coaches are privately grumbling about them, the NFL and NFL Referees Association are not making any progress towards a new deal, according to sources familiar with the talks.”
The Network reports there are two main issues in debate: First, the NFL wants some referees to work full-time but most officials have other jobs and refuse to sacrifice the income from their second job. Second, there is a rift over adding officiating crews (the NFL wants this; the locked-out refs do not).